Classes & Programs
Post B’nai Mitzvah Program
Through JRC’s Post B’nai Mitzvah Education Program, we seek to:
- Engage our youth in analyzing and responding to contemporary and historical issues through a Jewish lens;
- Develop our youth’s leadership and critical thinking skills;
- Help our youth find and deepen their personal linkage to Judaism; and
- Enhance the youth community at JRC.
We intend to build the program from the grassroots up. That is, the interests of the students will drive the curriculum and inform the class process. Our knowledgeable and strong teacher-facilitators will guide the sessions to allow our youth to explore Jewish issues, expand their skills, find their personal Jewishness and create community in a safe, comfortable and engaging environment.
The Program will be led by Aviva Feldman, Sam Frolichstein-Appel and Rabbi David.
Rabbi David Eber, Assistant Rabbi for Education, is excited to delve into contemporary and historical issues with JRC youth, using a Jewish lens.
Aviva Feldman, a JRC member and teacher, grew up at JRC, was a madricha and participated in JRC’s High School Program. She has significant experience working with Jewish youth having worked as an assistant teacher at Dorshei Tzedek Reconstructionist Congregation during college, and has a master’s degree in Education.
Sam Frolichstein-Appel also grew up at JRC and was highly involved throughout his youth at JRC and at Camp Havaya. Sam also worked at Camp Havaya multiple summers. He recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in Engineering.
The teacher-facilitators will draw on JRC’s substantial “human resources,” including guest speakers from the congregation, to help them go in depth on topics of interest to students and to bring in speakers who are working on the frontlines of these issues to present and discuss with the students. At all times, either Rabbi David or Aviva Feldman will be present and facilitating the class.
During the first two sessions of the year, the students will get to know each other in ice breakers, explore the question “what does it mean to be Jewish?”, discuss their interests for the program and collectively establish a subject matter agenda for the year.
We expect that each subsequent session will be devoted to one area. Some subject areas may be discussed over multiple sessions.
Brainstorming with students, teacher-facilitators and parents in previous years has resulted in the following ideas for subjects or themes. During the first two sessions, students will have the opportunity to add to this list before the group collectively decides on the curriculum for the year.
➢ Jewish culture
➢ White Supremacy and Anti-Semitism ➢ Comparative religion
➢ Comparative Judaism
➢ Jewish images in media
➢ Jewish literature and Jews in literature
➢ Tikkun Olam
➢ Current events (Mideast issues, domestic politics, others) ➢ Sexual ethics
➢ Social Media
➢ Connecting history to today
The core activity for the program sessions will be guided discussion and debate, allowing our students to explore topics of interest to them in a free-flowing but well facilitated setting, and featuring people working on the front lines of these important issues. The class sessions may include any or all of the following:
- Readings or resource materials
- Presentations by teacher-facilitators or guests
- Hands-on activities
- Breakout groups
- Games relevant to the subjects
While the program will be on Zoom for the time being, we continue to explore possibilities for safe in person gatherings.
JRC Religious School 2021-2022 Programs & Curriculum
JRC, and our entire Religious School staff are excited to welcome you to our program for the 2021-2022 year! We know that the new school year brings with it many concerns and challenges. We have developed a meaningful, fun and flexible program that will be easy for families to navigate.
Sundays and Tuesdays
Sunday will include programming for Pre-k through 6th grade, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Sundays. Once a month, we will have classes on Shabbat morning instead of Sundays. More details coming soon.
Our breirot (electives) are back for 3rd – 6th graders. Breirot options include: Learning Jewish Prayers through Photography, Jewish Value Yoga, Jewish Film Study, Printmaking, Stories of the Sages, and JRC Reconstructionsist News Team!
Previous Breirot Have Been:
- Jewish Creative Arts: Printmaking Skills: Learning printmaking, Jewish Art History
- Prayer Through Photography Skills: Jewish Prayer exploring meaning with Photography, and photography skills
- Jewish Yoga Skills: Mindfulness, Movement, Jewish Middot (Values)
- Stories of the Sages Skills: Talmud Stories, Rabbinic Judaism
- JRC Reconstructionist News Team Skills: Creative writing/interviewing/videos, exploring Reconstructionist Judaism and the Movement.
- Example of Student Work from round 1
- Jewish Representation in Film Skills: Media analysis, Jewish identity exploration and stereotypes
Small Group Hebrew
5th – 6th graders will participate in small group Hebrew in groups of 5 or fewer. we will have online and in person options, as well as opportunities for individualized support to those who have more specific language learning needs.